Kennesaw State’s Executive MBA is No. 1 in Georgia for fourth straight year

KENNESAW, Ga. | Mar 9, 2020

Coles College of Business program ranked No. 3 in U.S.

For the fourth straight year, Kennesaw State University’s Executive MBA program in the Michael J. Coles College of Business ranked first in Georgia in CEO Magazine’s 2020 Global Executive MBA Rankings, released today. 

The Executive Master of Business Administration ranked No. 3 in the United States based on CEO Magazine’s methodology.

“This ranking is a testament to the quality and caliber of the Coles College Executive MBA program,” said Robin Cheramie, dean of the Coles College of Business. “The Coles EMBA is recognized across the country and around the world now as a powerful educational experience that provides students with a proven route to personal and professional success.”

Kennesaw State’s EMBA has been designated by the magazine as a Global Tier One EMBA program for the past six years. Programs are classified as Tier One or Tier Two based on factors including quality of faculty and faculty-to-student ratio, international diversity and exposure, class size, accreditation, professional development, work experience, gender parity and instruction methods.

“At Kennesaw State, our focus on leadership and teaming continues to help students advance their careers,” said Alison Keefe, executive program director of the Executive MBA program and associate professor of Economics. “CEO Magazine’s recognition of our status as a top-ranked EMBA program is evidence that our true weekend format, applied integrated curriculum and dedicated faculty provide our students with a pathway to success.”

Coles’ Executive MBA enrolls about 45 working professionals annually in its 19-month program that offers cutting-edge global teaming, program-long executive coaching and a customized curriculum for ambitious professionals including executives, mid-level managers and entrepreneurs.

In addition to the Executive MBA ranking, the College was one of 34 named a “premier DBA provider” in CEO Magazine’s global listings. Since the rankings were compiled, however, the College has transitioned the DBA program to a Ph.D. in Business Administration, where students can pursue one of four academic concentrations in Accounting, Information Systems, Management or Marketing. The rating is based on accreditation, quality of faculty, geography and international standing.

The Michael J. Coles College of Business is among the top 2 percent of business schools worldwide that maintain accreditation in both business and accounting by AACSB International, the world’s largest accreditation association for business schools. It also is one of the largest business schools in Georgia, with more than 6,000 students and 160 faculty members. The Coles College offers bachelor’s degrees in 10 majors and 13 minors, seven graduate degree programs, dual-degree options and executive education programs.

CEO Magazine’s rankings cover 161 participating schools across North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the BRICS, encompassing 303 different programs in 27 countries (77 online, 87 EMBA and 139 full-time and part-time MBA programs).

This represents not only the largest number of schools that have participated to date, but also the highest number of individual programs.

The complete CEO Magazine 2020 Global MBA Rankings can be viewed here.

For more information on the Coles College’s Executive MBA program, click here.

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